Characteristics of a novel lightweight concrete

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The growing need to reduce dead weight of structural elements to allow long spanning structures, has always been a key driver in the construction industry's quest to finding materials that can lead to such accomplishments. This paper is concerned with investigating the mechanical properties of a novel lightweight cementitious material made from a mix of sand, cement, water, and admixture. It is environmentally friendly, requiring less cement consumption, self-leveling, and free flowing with potential for structural use in construction. A rigorous experimental testing programme is carried to determine the mechanical properties of the material. Two sets of mixes of target densities 1810 and 1600 kg/m 3 were prepared and tested. The results showed that the admixture improved the properties of the material such as its compressive and flexural strengths. The material can be utilized as a structural member since it gained strength values above 20 MPa after 28 days.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)(In-Press)
Number of pages29
JournalStructural Concrete
Early online date9 Nov 2021
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 9 Nov 2021


  • cementitious lightweight concrete
  • compressive strength
  • elastic modulus
  • tensile strength

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials


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